Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...
The Making of Harry Potter present a showcase of the culinary delights rustled up for the silver screen. Visitors can find out how the props department moulded jelly snakes and decorated sugar skulls, and how graphic designers whipped up magical packaging for sweet boxes and treats sold in Honeydukes.Read more
The Empathy Museum presents an audio portrait of Wandsworth in the form of an interactive shoe shop. Visitors are invited to put on another person's shoes and walk a mile along the riverside as they listen to the stranger's life story. Co-commissioned as part of Totally Thames festival.Read more
Street Feast have turned an old car park in Shoreditch into a street food mecca for summer 2015, featuring 15 different food vendors, six bars and space for up to 1,000 hungry visitors. You will find all-star traders such as B.O.B.'s Lobster, Kimchinary, BBQ Lab, Fundi Pizza, Yum Bun and Smokestak serving up snacks.Read more
The Horniman's recently redeveloped Natural History Gallery houses this display of work by artist and academic, Edward Chell. The 40 painted panels on show are inspired by plants within the Horniman Gardens as well as rare books in the archive written by 19th century British naturalist and early photographer, Anna Atkins.Read more
There are a lot of people in Duane Hanson’s show and that’s not including the gallerygoers. A cowboy is propped against the wall by the entrance. A lady sits at an ad hoc yard sale surrounded by paintings and books. Duster in hand, a cleaner grips on to her cart of sanitation supplies. Workmen are taking a well-earned break from grafting. And a house painter has half finished covering the gallery’s back wall in a shade of baby pink. These, of course, aren’t real people. They are the meticulously crafted fibreglass and bronze fabrications of the late American sculptor, who sought to capture the familiar and daily activities of Middle America. They represent a considerable populous that are typically ignored. Some sit on the fringes of society, like ‘Homeless Person’, (1991) who holds a cardboard sign proclaiming ‘Will work for food.’ It would seem society hasn’t really moved on since Hanson began making his hyperreal sculptures in the late 1960s. His intention to ‘achieve a certain tough realism, which speaks of the fascinating idiosyncrasies of our time’ makes his work as relevant now as it was 40 years ago. By placing figures like ‘Queenie II’, (1988) within a gallery context, Hanson forces us to take notice of the menial worker, the bum, the ordinary men and women who are so often overlooked. He shifts our focus so that the typical becomes extraordinary. Although there is obvious ageing to the sculpture’s material, it doesn’t diminish their awe factor. But once the doublRead more
Hannah Collins’s work can be massive but, even though the London-born artist fills entire walls with beautiful blown-up photographs, she’s no grandstanding lens-wielder in the Andreas Gursky mould. For a start, her subject matter – which includes mattress-strewn interiors shot in a startlingly pre-gentrified 1980s East End – tends towards the down-at-heel. Then there’s the manner in which she presents her vast black-and-white works. The images in the first and best gallery here are made up of several sheets which are pinned to the wall. Where these meet, they tend to curl, disrupting how you read the picture. The sense of fragmentation chimes with the often makeshift or decrepit subjects she shoots, quite literally in the case of ‘Thin Protective Coverings’ (1986), a room lined with sheets of overlapping cardboard. Overall, there’s a feeling of lives eked out. But not in a miserable sense. In Collins’s hands, society’s fringes and the fertile lives they sustain – as seen in ‘The Violin Player’ (1988) and the towering soundsystem of ‘Family’ (1988) – become epic, monumental. Collins has travelled the world in search of its creative edges, and it’s this restless, inquisitive quality that unites the three decades’ worth of work in this mini-retrospective. A series of smaller photos and a sound piece from 2014 are dedicated to Noah Purifoy, the late African-American artist best known for making sculptures from the charred debris of the 1965 Watts riots. Collins’s photos depict sRead more
This contemporary exhibition brings the best of Mexico's cultural tradition and identity to the South Bank, displaying 150 works by 32 international artists. Expect everything from painting and photography to immersive large-scale installations, plus a complementary schedule of talks, music and events.Read more
East London street photographer Colin O'Brien keeps it local with this show of stunning black-and-white images drawn from his five-decade career. From a car accident in Clerkenwell in the late 1950s, via his celebrated series of travellers in London Fields from 1987, to more recent shots of Shoreditch scenesters, the show chronicles the changing face of the area – its large-scale migration, regeneration and gentrification. SEE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SHOWRead more
The British artist presents two new bodies of work that look at how we interact with the environment. Blurring the boundary between sculpture and painting are ‘The Toxic Sublime’ series that transform photographs subjected to a barrage of manipulative processes into three-dimensional seascapes. Alongside these will be a showcase of new stainless steel and concrete sculptures that resemble eroded shells. READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH MARC QUINN HERERead more
Fed up with the crap, tinny sound at your usual nightspot? Try this on for size. Back in 2013, New York disco guru James Murphy (LCD Soundystem/DFA Records) built a huge DJ rig called Despacio, specifically designed to knock your socks off with a massive, immersive, audiovisual Balearic beat experience. He and the Dewaele brothers (Soulwax/2ManyDJs) have been touring with it ever since, and after an immensely popular weekend at the Lovebox and Citadel festivals, Despacio is coming back to London for two nights at the Roundhouse this autumn. Though the event is called ‘Despacio in the jungle’, we’re assured the music will be the same ultra-groovy, eclectic disco mix as usual. Clubbing doesn't get more satisfying than this. Read more about Despacio.Read more
Sadly, the good ol'-fashioned piano singalong is something of a dying tradition in London. Keeping the dream alive in super-fun style is this new night, where punters gather around a piano (and pianist, obviously) and belt out songs with as much gusto as they dare. To further up the fun quota, the music policy is strictly tunes from 1990-2009, across pop, R&B, rock, rave, garage, hip hop and much more. The fun even culminates in a mass, communal eyes-closed singalong, presumably to shed inhibitions and allow attendees to sing their flippin' heart out.Read more
A night that celebrates and recreates the free-thinking musical vibes of The Social's humble and hedonistic beginnings 20 years ago. In those days, it was a Sunday night session at nearby boozer The Albany, hosting The Chemical Brothers' first London residency and other homegrown DJ greats like Andrew Weatherall, Tricky, David Holmes and Justin Robertson. With 2014 marking the twentieth anniversary of those sessions and 15 years of The Social as the venue we know and love now, it's hightime for more weekly party mayhem. Only this time it's on Friday, so you don't have to skive work on the Monday. Welcome to the Heavenly Social, featuring a prime cast of established and rising DJs, plus special guests, aiming simply to make people smile and dance their asses off, without any fuss over genres. Disco, reggae, funk, house, soul, hip hop... A taste of dancefloor heaven.Read more
Fridays at Clerkenwell's acclaimed Fabric are paradise for those who worship bass. You'll find plenty of classic and new school D&B, but garage, grime, techno and dubstep are also well represented at this London clubbing institution.Read about Fabric's fifteenth birthday and clubbing memories from dedicated fans.Read more
This new weekly club night promises an on-point mix of edgy electronic sounds, covering anything from glitchy R&B to sweatbox house to Jersey club and much more. The crew behind the night have secured a solid, genre-straddling line-up for the initial run, mixing rising underground names with a few established leftfield talents. If they keep this up, the night might just run... for a hell of a long time.Read more
Richard Herring is taking a stand. The 'Herring' half of 'Lee and Herring' and podcasting innovator is sick of forking out thousands of pounds to perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival every year, so this summer he's choosing instead to gig in London, his home city. And rather than run through the same new show every night, Herring will be digging out his old shows. That's right, all 11 of the consummate comic's solo sets from the past 12 years will get an airing, finishing up with his new hour, 'Happy Now?' on September 12. First up is Herring's debut and one of his faves (this is the third time he's revived it) 'Christ on a Bike'. Each Friday/Saturday will then revisit another year of the stand-up's life, as Herring explains, 'from post-BBC2 “fame”, through some wilderness years where I was directionless, to meeting my wife and this year having my first child'. Mega fans clawing to see all 12 performances can get an all-inclusive ticket for £100 that comes with a one-off shirt decorated with something 'badly hand-drawn' by the man himself. For a run down of which show Herring will be doing when, see the Dates & Times tab.Read more
He's been away for a little while, Ronny Chieng, but the disgruntled Malaysia-born, Australia-based comic Ronny Chieng is back in London after a stint at the Edinburgh Fringe. He’s a sharp-witted, no-nonsense stand-up, and fast becoming a big name Down Under. Well worth catching.Read more
Stewart Lee headlines this comedy benefit in aid of charity The Pavement, who produce a free magazine for those who are sleeping rough. Joining the iconoclast comic are Robin Ince, Barb Jungr and musical comedy duo Read-Wilson and Hughes Hughes. Hosting the night is Alex Musson, creator of Mustard magazine.Read more
The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, Tame Impala, Underworld, Jungle, Jurassic 5, Future Islands, The Jacksons, Madlib, Four Tet, Flying Lotus, Sleaford Mods, Fat White Family, Kate Tempest, Little Dragon, Roisin Murphy, Boy Better Know, Todd Terje + more. The festival with the best party vibe this side of Glastonbury returns for four more glorious days of live music and premier-league DJs, boasting (as ever) a great line-up of bands and artists from across the style spectrum. For dance fans, there are block-rocking beats courtesy of The Chemcial Brothers and Underworld, nu-disco grooves from Todd Terje and playful electronica from Four Tet. Hip-hop head? Go back to the old skool with Jurassic 5, jazz it up with the Jungle Brothers or sample some experimental beats from Madlib and Flying Lotus. Rockers can bliss out to the psych-stomp of Tame Impala, get down and dirty with sleazy, queasy trash rockers Fat White Family or angrily neck a few cans of overpriced festival beer to Notts nutters Sleaford Mods. There's even a whiff of ’70s and ’80s nostalgia: from The Jacksons, slap-bass throwbacks Level 42, and, most excitingly of all, their yacht docked and champage on ice, new romantic heroes Duran Duran. You can also take a breather from the music and enjoy some anarchic fun at the glorious carnival of small stages – see everything from a fire-spewing steel spider to a mirrored swing-dancing tent and an inflatable church. Saturday is dress-up day, and this year’s theme is ‘SumRead more
Alvvays have nothing in commong with Chvrches, aside from injecting Vs in their names and giving us a reason to clear space in our heart for yet another neatly-formed trad indie band. Appling reverb to jangly guitars like Doritos adds cheese dust to chips, the Canadians recall the swooning pop of rain-soaked Scotland – your Jesus And Mary Chains, Pastels and whatnot – and the group's self-titled debut hugs Velocity Girls LPs close to its chest. A more contemporary comparison: Veronica Falls, with all the same pvnch, noir bvbblegvm, chevvy hooks and heart-on-sleeve tvvee. Hey, like we said, they're infectious.Read more
Where do you find 100 musical entertainments in just three days? Arts centre Kings Place enters its eighth year with jazz, folk, world, literary and family events, plus 20 classical contributions that include an introduction to twentieth-century music, courtesy of London Sinfonietta, and OAE’s informal, standing, Beethoven concert, The Night Shift.Read more
Venue says: Enjoy our sumptuous afternoon tea for only £26.50, or with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne for £31.50. Plus the best views in London.
Permanently moored-up on the banks of the Thames, alongside Victoria Embankment and with views of the London Eye, Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, the good ship R.S. Hispaniola is a floating spot for drinks and food. There are special events, too. The food offering ranges from seasonal a la cartes and bar menus to Sunday roasts, set menus and afternoon teas. The cocktail list includes cucumber martinis, a lavender fizz and a Tennessee Lemonade - Jack Daniels, Chambord, lemonade, lime and gomme syrup. The global wine list - slanted toward the old world - offers 22 bottles by the glass, with 14 of those also available by the carafe.